Neonatal X-ray


A neonatal x-ray is an x-ray picture taken of your newborn baby. An x-ray can show caregivers medical problems that are hard to see during a physical exam. X-rays can be done on any area of your baby's body, such as his legs, arms, chest, or belly. An x-ray of your baby's whole body may be called a babygram. An x-ray may be the only test needed to find a problem with your baby. Caregivers may use other tests after your baby's x-ray to help them learn more about your baby's condition. These tests may include ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear imaging tests.


Keep a current list of your child's medicines:

Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list and the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists. Give vitamins, herbs, or food supplements only as directed.

Give your child's medicine as directed:

Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Ask before you change or stop giving your child his medicines.

Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age:

Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.

Ask your baby's caregiver when to return for a follow-up visit.

Keep all appointments. Write down any questions you may have. This way you will remember to ask these questions during the next visit with your baby's caregiver.


  • You have any questions about your baby's treatment or condition.


  • Your baby is having trouble breathing, or his signs or symptoms get worse.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.